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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
Now we officially know that Indonesia also uses the Wilhelm scream.
Serbuan maut brings to present-day memory those glorious days in which John Woo could compile a climax as wonderful as the one featured in A Better Tomorrow II (1987). It is an accelerated, pulse-pounding, no-holds-barred, badass, violent, frenetically choreographed, stylishly scored, breathtakingly edited, mercilessly paced, gasoline-fed action vehicle of interracial gun/knife porn with an interestigly effective touch of brief horror trademarks and the random inclusion of martial arts just to kick the shit out of you.
Need I say more?
P.S. Dredd pissed its pants.
The ridiculous fight choreography and over the top violence make this one of the best action movies I have ever seen. There really isn't much of a story to follow, but that would have just gotten in the way. This movie focuses on the more important matter of fighting a bunch of dudes in a hallway and killing them in the most brutal ways possible only to find another hallway with more dudes in it to kill in other more horrible ways.
A SWAT team raid an apartment block owned and operated by a violent gang lord. When they run into heavily armed defences they find themselves cut-off on the 6th floor with no alternative but to fight their way out. (I know it sounds like the recent 'Dredd', but it's not.
A first major feature from a Welsh director filming in Indonesia is not a description to raise ones hopes but this is a cut above the average. The set-up only occupies the opening five minutes of the film - from there on its relentless action all the way. The set pieces are well executed and filmed well enough to ensure the viewer can follow what is going on despite the…
This is how they cleaned out the apartment building my buddy was living in.
Dredd reminds me The Raid and The Raid wins!
Not nearly as non-stop asskicking as it’s reputation suggests but you can’t front on fight scenes like that. Every one is more phenomenal, inventive and hilariously violent than the last. It really makes the generic character stuff all the more painful, because a movie as gleeful as this shouldn’t feel so dour. Here’s hoping the sequel realizes how much fun it is. B
The fight scenes in The Raid makes Jet Li look like a WWE wrestler. It has to be at least 80% action the whole way through and has some more original fight moves than I've seen in other movies. It did have a bit too much blood/gore for me, but I was easily able to overlook that. One of the best action flick I've ever seen and one that I will buy on blu-ray to watch again and again. Can not wait to watch it subtitled.
Wow! Forget everything else for now, this was a non-stop thrill-ride packed with fast-paced martial arts, gunfights and pure adrenaline. I'll admit, there's not a whole lot of plot or character development here, but you could care less in a film such as this. Gareth Evans has crafted what may be one of the best (and most violent) action flicks in years.
Set in a crime-ridden housing project in Jakarta, Indonesia, a police squad arrives in a van to take down Tama Riyadi, crime lord and leader of many of the gang members that settle in the building. Once the police get inside, all hell breaks loose. Next thing you know, it's a full-blown war between the police and the…
Saw it in the cinema, bought the blu-ray and watched it once more and while the action is brutal and pretty relentless, it can get a bit boring. The colours are very dour and the picture is not that good. I am looking forward to Raid 2 and hope the script is a bit more original and is more cinematic. Better than most films of this genre though.
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Down by Law
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…